9 - It's hard to disparage the epithet of "Soviet propaganda" this film is usually saddled with, and while I'm not exactly a fan of the Nazi party, this approach usually turns me off. However, not only does the final scene add nuance to the piece, but the preceding two hours are comprised of what is probably the most beautiful, nightmarish and emotionally exhausting war tale ever filmed. Kravchenko is a revelation.
The most honest war film I have seen, augmented in vigor with fantastic sound mixing and piercing acting from Kravchenko. This subjective plunge into horror and madness through the eyes of a lost and traumatized boy is haunting in its depiction of war in the most direct and at the same time the most distorted, almost hallucinatory perspective.
And people still think Schindler's List is one of the best war films?this movie is honest.this movie doesn;t sell emotions,this movie doesn;t want to sell what people want to see in a war film,it's a serious movie,that shows exactly what people don;t want to see in a war film.the title says it all. Come and see! not come to a multiplex,crack some popcorn and see the bad nazi guys doing bad nazi stuff!
Idi i Smotri is one of the most violent films about war, but, this flick does not concede the mistakes that violent movies usually concede, where everything that the movie offers to the audience is violence and nothing more, where the only goal is to shock the audience. No, this one is different: the director created a violent flick, and yet, he filled it with substance, and the goal is to alarm the viewers.
A borderline hallucinatory journey through the increasingly devastated Byelorussia with an increasingly traumatized 13 year old soldier. The ending trips and stumbles for awhile, but mostly a very well made, uncomfortably evocative, tortuous movie.